Kwara Government to ensure hitch-free 2016 hajj exercise

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

The Kwara State Government says necessary mechanism has been put in place to ensure hitch free hajj exercise to Saudi Arabia.

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Isiaka Gold, disclosed this over the weekend while speaking at a special prayer and enlightenment programme organised by the Kwara State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board for intending pilgrims to this year’s hajj.

Alhaji Isiaka Gold, represented by the Permanent Secretary, General Services, Governor’s office, Alhaji AbdulRauf Ayinla, noted that the state government is sponsoring twenty officials to cater for their welfare, particularly their health in the holy land.

According to him, the officials include medical doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists and other health practitioners with a view to ensuring that the intending pilgrims are in good conditions before, during and after the exercise.

The Secretary to the State Government said despite the financial crisis in the country, the turn out of the intending pilgrims to this year’s hajj exercise is encouraging.

Alhaji Isiaka Gold however cautioned them against mass acquisition of materials in the holy land, but rather focus on the purpose of the hajj exercise.

He called on the intending pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the state and desist from immoral acts that could affect their worship and subjugations in the holy land.

Also speaking, the Executive Secretary of the Pilgrims Board, Hajia Fatimah Abolore Jimoh, said the airlifting of the intending pilgrims would commence in August this year.

Hajia Abolore Jimoh added that one thousand, nine hundred and thirty three intending pilgrims from the state and ten officials would participate in this year’s hajj exercise.

According to her, the medical screening would commence immediately after Ramadan.

She said the Board had provided all necessary facilities the intending pilgrims would need in hajj and urged them to pay the balance of their hajj fares ontime for quick visa processing.

Delivering a sermon at the programme, the Imam of the Board, Imam Abdulkabir Mahmood, who described hajj as one of the pillars of Islam, urged the intending pilgrims to have the fear of Allah and desist from sinful acts.

Imam Mahmood stressed the need for them to perform the hajj exercise with good intentions and should return any other people’s property in their possession before going.